Chris Yonkman ’97 first became interested in working for the federal government while attending Trinity. Yonkman, a history and philosophy major met with history professor Dr. Bob Rice to seek advice about possible career paths. The professor suggested work with the federal government.
Yonkman said that conversation, as well as reading an alumni update from Aaron Tambrini ’97 (who was then working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service) laid the groundwork for his eventual career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “I believe God was working through these experiences and calling me to service in the federal government,” he said.
Aaron Tambrini ’97 is a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), part of the U.S. Department of State.
His work experience reads something like a character sketch of the protagonist in a political thriller. He has conducted criminal investigations into passport fraud, visa fraud, and terrorism; protected dignitaries, including the Secretary of State, the Dalai Lama, and various foreign ministers; and conducted embassy security management overseas.
From a distance, the faded yellow, green, and blue shanties stand out against the base of the rocky hills like shell fragments in the sand. A perpetual ceiling of dust blocks the sun and coats the feet of the children as they trek to their art class. There they will leave the gray landscape outside and dip brushes into bright red and purple to paint hearts, flowers, and the word PAZ—peace—on some of the rocks that form the terrain of Huaycan, Peru.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the children, most of whom, like their parents, will not attend school past the age of 16 and have little hope of rising above the poverty that surrounds them like the dusty hills.